Dr. habil. Jan Thiele


Research Group
Applied Landscape Ecology and
Ecological Planning

Institute of Landscape Ecology
Heisenbergstraße 2, 48149 Münster


Room: 421
Phone: +49(0)251-83 30 113
Fax: +49(0)251-83 38 338
E-Mail: jan.thiele [at] uni-muenster.de

Consultation hours: On appointment via e-mail

Tasks at the WWU/ department/institute

  • Responsible for the use of dGPS (Trimble GeoXH) and the corresponding software (Pathfinder Office)
  • Member of the budget commission of the department
  • Curriculum vitae

    Since 2017 Research Associate at the Chair for Terrestrial Ecology, Department of Ecology and Ecosystem Management, TU Munich
    05/2017 Habilitation and venia legendi for Landscape Ecology and Physical Geography, Faculty of Geosciences, University of Münster
    Thesis: Modelling invasion processes and impacts of non-native plant species at multiple scales

    2009-2017

    Research Associate at the University of Münster, Institute of Landscape Ecology, Working Group Applied Landscape Ecology and Ecological Planning

    2007-2008 Postdoc at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Agriculture and Ecology, Botany section
    2002-2006 Research Assistant / PhD student at the University of Giessen, Working Group Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning
    2001/5-12 Graduate Assistant at the University of Giessen, Work Group Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning
    2001 Environmental Consultant / Surveys of protected habitats according to the EC Habitats Directive
    1995-2001 Diploma in Landscape Ecology at the University of Münster; Subsidiaries: Geology, Botany, Public Law

  • Teaching

    Summer Semester

    • B 9: Geländeübung Vegetationsökologie Kurs A (148585)
  • Research/ Fields of Interest

    Applied Landscape and Geoecology

    • Monitoring landscape change through remote sensing
    • Landscape modelling
    • Historical Landscape Ecology

    Regional Population Dynamics and Metapopulation Ecology

    • Modelling plant populations at the landscape scale

    Invasion Biology

    • Spread of invasive plants
    • Impacts of invasive species on biodiversity

    Landscape Planning
    Landscape connectivity / Habitat connectivity
    Nature Conservation
    Functional Plant Ecology

  • Research projects

    Current projects

    • Effects of historical land-use change on species richness and community composition in fragmented and newly created habitats (HiLUCC)
      (project summary)
    • Survival at the edge? Spatially-explicit modelling of plant diversity in networks of linear landscape elements (project summary)
    • Modelling invasive plants in Central European cultural landscapes – does massive spread of giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) threaten biodiversity? (project summary)
    • Quantifying the spatial impact of exotic plant invasion on ecosystem functioning - from the leaf to the landscape level

    Previous projects

    • EU-project Giant Alien, 2002-2005 (www.giant-alien.dk) Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) a pernicious invasive weed: Developing a sustainable strategy for alien invasive plant management in Europe, EVK2-CT-2001-00128
  • Memberships

  • Publications

    Peer- reviewed publications

    • Thiele J, Buchholz S, Schirmel J (2017) Using resistance distance from circuit theory to model dispersal through habitat corridors. Journal of Plant Ecology. doi: 10.1093/jpe/rtx004
    • Borchard F, Härdtle W, Streitberger M, Stuhldreher G, Thiele J, Fartmann T (2017) From deforestation to blossom -- large-scale restoration of montane heathland vegetation. Ecological Engineering 101: 211--219. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.01.039
    • Große-Stoltenberg A, Hellmann C, Werner C, Oldeland J, Thiele J (2016) Evaluation of Continuous VNIR-SWIR Spectra versus Narrowband Hyperspectral Indices to Discriminate the Invasive Acacia longifolia within a Mediterranean Dune Ecosystem. Remote Sensing. 2016, 8(4): 334 doi:10.3390/rs8040334
    • Hellmann C.; Große-Stoltenberg A.; Thiele J.; Oldeland J.; Werner C. (2017): Heterogeneous environments shape invader impacts: integrating environmental, structural and functional effects by isoscapes and remote sensing. Scientific Reports 7: 4118. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-04480-4
    • Schirmel J, Thiele J, Entling MH, Buchholz S (2016) Trait composition and functional diversity of spiders and carabids in linear landscape elements. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 235: 318–328 doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2016.10.028.
    • Rajmis S, Thiele J, Marggraf R (2016) A cost-benefit analysis of controlling giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) in Germany using a choice experiment approach. NeoBiota 31: 19–41. doi: 10.3897/neobiota.31.8103
    • Heimes C, Thiele J, van Mölken T, Hauser TP (2014) Interactive impacts of a herbivore and a pathogen on two resistance types of Barbarea vulgaris (Brassicaceae). Oecologia: DOI 10.1007/s00442-014-3113-5.
    • Wille W, Thiele J, Walker EA, Kollmann J (2013) Limited evidence for allelopathic effects of giant hogweed on germination of native herbs. Seed Science Research: DOI 10.1017/S096025851300007X. (Autorenversion)
    • Moenickes S, Thiele J (2013) What shapes giant hogweed invasion? Answers from a spatio-temporal model integrating multiscale monitoring data. Biological Invasions 15: 61--73 (DOI 10.1007/s10530-012-0268-z). (Autorenversion)
    • Thiele J, Markussen B (2012) Potential of GLMM in modelling invasive spread. CAB Reviews 7, No. 016, 1–10 (invited review). (Autorenversion, Supplement A, Supplement B, Supplement C, Supplement D, Datentabelle Lolium, Heracleum, Ilex)
      Thiele J, Isermann M, Kollmann J, Otte A (2011) Impact scores of invasive plants are biased by disregard of environmental co-variation and non-linearity. NeoBiota 10: 65–79. (Autorenversion)
    • Thiele J, Isermann M, Otte A, Kollmann J (2010) Competitive displacement or biotic resistance? Disentangling relationships between community diversity and invasion success of tall herbs and shrubs. Journal of Vegetation Science 21: 213-220. (Autorenversion)
    • Thiele J, Kollmann J, Markussen B, Otte A (2010) Impact assessment revisited: improving the theoretical basis for management of invasive alien species. Biological Invasions 12: 2025-2035. (Autorenversion)
    • Thiele J, Hansen T, Hauser TP, Siegismund HR (2010) Genetic variation of inbreeding depression among floral and fitness traits in Silene nutans. Heredity 104: 52-60. (Autorenversion)
    • Thiele J, Kollmann J, Rose-Andersen U (2009) Ecological and socioeconomic correlates of plant invasions in Denmark – the utility of environmental assessment data. Ambio 38: 89-94. (Autorenversion)
    • Thiele J, Jørgensen RB, Hauser TP (2009) Flowering does not decrease vegetative competitiveness of Lolium perenne. Basic and Applied Ecology: doi:10.1016/j.baae.2008.04.002 (Autorenversion)
    • Thiele J, Otte A (2008) Invasion patterns of Heracleum mantegazzianum in Germany on the regional and landscape scales. Journal for Nature Conservation 16 (2): 61-71. (Autorenversion)
    • Thiele J, Schuckert U, Otte A (2008) Cultural landscapes of Germany are patch-corridor-matrix mosaics for an invasive megaforb. Landscape Ecology 23 (4): 453-465. (Autorenversion)
    • Thiele J, Otte A, Eckstein L (2007) Ecological needs, habitat preference and plant communities invaded by Heracleum mantegazzianum. In: Pysek P, Cock MJW, Nentwig W, Ravn HP (eds) Ecology and Management of Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum). CAB International, pp 126-143. (Autorenversion)
    • Thiele J, Otte A (2007) Impact of Heracleum mantegazzianum on invaded vegetation and human activities. In: Pysek P, Cock MJW, Nentwig W, Ravn HP (eds) Ecology and Management of Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum). CAB International, pp 144-156. (Autorenversion)
    • Otte A, Eckstein L, Thiele J (2007) Heracleum mantegazzianum in its primary distribution range of the Western Greater Caucasus. In: Pysek P, Cock MJW, Nentwig W, Ravn HP (eds) Ecology and Management of Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum). CAB International, pp 20-41.
    • Thiele J, Otte A (2006) Analysis of habitats and communities invaded by Heracleum mantegazzianum Somm. et Lev. (Giant Hogweed) in Germany. Phytocoenologia 36 (2): 281-320. (Autorenversion)

    Further publications

    • Holzmann C, Thiele J, Buttschardt TK (2014) Neophyten-Management am Beispiel des Riesen-Bärenklaus – Bedingungen erfolgreicher Bekämpfung von Heracleum mantegazzianum. Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung 46(3): 079–085. (Autorenversion)
    • Thiele J, Otte A (2008) Herkules mit Achillesfersen? Zur Ausbreitung und Ökologie von Heracleum mantegazzianum auf der lokalen, landschaftlichen und regionalen Skalenebene. Naturschutz and Landschaftsplanung 40(9): 273-279. (Autorenversion)
    • Nielsen C, Ravn HP, Nentwig W, Wade M (Hrsg., 2005) Praxisleitfaden Riesenbärenklau – Richtlinien für das Management und die Kontrolle einer invasiven Pflanzenart in Europa. Forest & Landscape Denmark, Hoersholm (Mitautor des Kapitels ‘Preventive measures, early detection and eradication’), http://www.giant-alien.dk/manual.html.

    Diplomat thesis and PhD

    • Thiele J (2007) Patterns and processes of Heracleum mantegazzianum invasion into German cultural landscapes on the local, landscape and regional scale. Dissertation, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Link.
    • Thiele J (2001) Vegetation an Bruchsteinmauern im Osnabrücker und Tecklenburger Land. Diplomarbeit, Westfäliche Wilhelms-Universität Münster.